Right now, they're changing for the better.
For years, eyebrow shapes have been thickest toward the bridge of the nose & thinnest by the temples. But now the opposite emphasis is beginning to take hold. Take the shape of the brows above--thinnest by the bridge, arched heaviest toward her temples. Great eyebrows, lady!
This shift opens out our look. It draws the attention toward the temples. The effect is to make one’s eyes look more wide set & one’s impression more open & carefree.
This old photo of Alanis Morissette that I found in an issue of Psychology Today demonstrates what we don't want in my opinion. Alanis’ eyebrows here are shaped heaviest toward the bridge of her nose & thinnest at the “tail,” or at her temples. Her eyebrows draw attention to the inner corner of her eyes. It’s subtle, but the effect of drawing the attention inward is that one looks more severe.
Here's an example of the new look we want, taken from a model shot in my Athleta catalog:
Notice that her eyebrows are thinnest by the bridge of her nose & thickest toward her temples. It's not easy to achieve this look because most of us have less hair at the temples. Most waxing/threading joints will also thwart you if you don't speak up since they default to the old style. It'll take a little longer before the new shape fully takes hold, I imagine.
A couple more examples--
this one from my Victoria's Secret catalog...
And this one from Fossil...
Last one from the models out there, & then I'll stop. Emily Ratajkowski from Blurred Lines has a beautiful face & beautiful eyebrows that extend for miles. Her eyebrows are a signature feature for her, & she wears them dark & bold.
Monday we'll talk about the pros & cons of threading vs. waxing.
Tell us about your eyebrow shape. Do you think the different shapes change one’s impression?